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The HAR REALTOR® is unique within the Houston community. Our days are spent working among the individuals, families and neighborhoods of our community. We share their joys and their challenges and perhaps more than any other group we appreciate the dreams and aspirations they have for themselves and their families.

But hundreds of us take this perspective one step farther through our work with countless organizations and charities that seek to enhance the lives of our fellow Houstonians. This selflessness and this energy is what defines the HAR Flame.

These are unusual times in our nation and our community. This is a moment in time when all of us have an opportunity to make a difference through our charitable focus and activities. We believe it is important that our community know about your generosity so please share your volunteer hours. We know that others will be inspired by your example so please share your story.

It is a time when we can inspire ourselves, our fellow REALTORS® and our fellow citizens through sharing our examples of caring.

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Art reach Kety is an Art Group that brings art to the populations whether through crating the art or through art lectures and classes. HOUSTON HOME AND RENT donates / reserves in coming artists through the Artreach Program to go to Assisted Livings to present visiting artist programs whether through music or hand art. Attendees can experience everything from bamboo reed cultural art, steel drum, aftrican dance, plate auction painting for a cause and so on. Bringing the ability to express oneself and in return have their work give back to the community provides Seniors and Veterans with a significant ability to bring about a mental and emotional shift in their own thinking by not focusing on the aging process but instead seeing the power their time possesses by giving back to others
Living Legacy is a Foundation we began to address several issues we observed in the Veteran Community.  1. Delay in serrvices Provided. In Houston Texas and most of the state of Texas the average wait time for a veterans to recieve medical procedural benfit such as (Aid and Attendance) can be as much as 300 days. When a senior veteran applies they typically have 3-5 activities of daily Living that they need asistance with. (shower, medicne distribution, meals, cleaning, regular clincal observation). By the time they were able to receive the benefits the number of Activities of Daily Living grew, because conditions worsened and the veteran's own quality of life was greatly increasing poorerr health values. 2. 67% of homeless men on the streets of Houston are veterans. The primary issue is that they do not have an ability to get into shelters due to overcrowding, Many suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, PTSD, mental or cognitive issues or lack of ability to gain the resources needed to survive.  Most importantly thsoe that qualify for benefits cannot receive them because they do not have an address to receive the benefits.  3. PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects veterans in many various symptomatic ways. The others that are affected are the spouse and the children. Harris County has few and linited resources to assist this demographic. the couple of PTSD based living communities tend to be at 100% occupied and the result is an emotional, financial, physical and systematic breaksdown of the family. For a soldier conditioned to protect and defend, being the source of your families plight can furtherr create mental disorders including anxiety, depression and more. Eventually the Spouse will leave their job to care for their afflicted spouse (because leaving them home alone is not safe), and children of these soldiers have a higher drop out rate from school so they can help care for their family member.  Living Legacy is designed to : 1. Bridge the gap needed to get the services to the veteran through Legal, Financial, Real Estate, Social Services and other resource supplication and pro bono work to assist the veteran and their family get to a healthy place in their journey. 2. We provide addresses to the veteran population at no charge so they may collect their benefits and take advantage of the medical, financial, edication, social and therpauetic benefits that are offered. 3. Create living communities that address the veterans PTSD, while the family works, goes to school. 
Help with food drive and deliveries 
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth education, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. I am one of more than 34,000 volunteers that commit time, talent and money to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ each year. In fact, more than 2.1 million total hours are contributed each year by Rodeo volunteers. From doctors and lawyers, to farmers and teachers, volunteers come from all walks of life to support the Rodeo and its charitable mission. Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ began in 1932, more than $500 million has been committed to the youth of Texas and education.
Houston Home and Rent works closely with the Red Cross and Abandoned Animal Rescue in two fashions. Disaster Relief We work to locate animals that have been displaced due to natural disaster by supplying over 650+ animal crates each having purified water, food, bedding, leashes, and other supplies to house the displaced pets through Abandoned Animal Rescue.  We typically get about 95% of our crates returned, and we ae blessed to have a partnership with the American Red Cross that allows us storage space in their trucks, boats, planes so on the ground volunteers can more easily collect, care for and reunite familie with their pets.  We have been actively providing Crates for Critters since 2016. We started at home with a Memorial day flood and tax day flood that we purchased 150 cages and supplies. They were again called for during Hurricane Harvey where our crate number grew to 450 crates and supplies. Hurricane Maria that hit Florida, Puerto Rico and a few smaller Islands grew our supplies to well over 650+ Our Crates for Critters has travelled across the US, to Australia, Mexico, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and we continuously have a calling for more.  If you have animal crates you would like to donate we would love to take them in and get them prepped for when the next disaster strikes.  Pet Adoptions Sometimes families are no longer able to care for their pets. Whether its due to a pet owners death, moving, the expense or what ever reason hundreds of thousands of animals pass through the Harris County Humane Society. Houston Leads the Nation in Animal euthanazia (over 30,000 yearly), The more vulnerable animals are those that: 1. Are Owner Surrenders: Strays are found and brought in and processed and have an opportunity to stay longer at most shelters as an involuntary admitance. Owner surrenders are treated diffeently and are only given a limited amount of time (average 3 days) before they are euthanized. The main reason is when turning the pet over many folks feel guilty and express negatives about the pet for their reasons for yurning the in.  2. Elderly Pets: Older pets come with medical issues that sometimes leave families unable to afford the care for their pet. Alternatively they turn them in to the shelter to allow euthanasia. 3. Overcrowding: The months that ensue right after the holiday season finds more pets being taken to shelters. Many were wrong choices of pet due to lack of reseach with regards to breed personality. 4. Over population and population control: the number 1 thing needed is educating the public about the need for spaying and nuetering your pets.  To this end: Houston Home and Rent 1. Helps coordinate High risk for euthanasia pets with Rescues, foster placement, Freedom Rides (we will get your new pet to you via car, Pilots and Paws Program, etc), adoptions and through our work with senior populations, veterans, and senior living communities special companion adoption programs where care and supplies are provided in a grant format. 2. We work with area veteraniarians to coordinate the health care plans for senior pets. Those that have managaable illnesses that can be managed through medication or a surgical procedure we will find the revenues to have the work completed and the plan implemented whether the senior pet  is returning to their originating home, or a new home to be loved and age in place. 3. We support, encourage and assist in families that are wanting to spay or neuterr their pet but can afford the procedure, cannot transport the animal or another issue related to viability of the service. We will coordinate the service via clinics, vets and groups to assist in overcoming the obstacles that can lead to less overcrowding in the Harris County stray animal population. 4. Placement: we work tirelessly getting pets placed in the right environments for both the pet and the new owner to enjoy a healthy happy journey moving forward. This includes assisting in the placement of animals with  families, Senior Living settings, Veterans, Seniors living at home, Assistance Animal connections and working directly with area fosterrs, rescues across the nation for placement. ***NOTE one of the best closing gifts you can give is a new name tag with the updated information for each pet that your new homeowner has. This step often gets forgotten and pets in new places try to escape and return to familiar places, or just go to explore. The new tag on the collar can be the difference of a pet returning safe vs not returning. I can't think of any better way to let a family know you are thinking of them than by considering the unspoken family member(s) in the house.
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I am a Volunteer for the Houston Livestock Shock for many years. I am own the Breeder Greeters Committee.